It’s February, which means we’re one month closer to spring. Woo hoo! Is it just me, or has the fall/winter stretch seemed especially long this year? Maybe it’s just because I’m antsy for asparagus and snap peas and watercress. Oh asparagus, I have plans for you. Delicious plans!
Here’s what I ate this week:
Sun-Dried Tomato & Arugula Tartines from Vegetarian Times // My amazing, wonderful husband made these for lunch this week. (The secret ingredient was love.) They consist of crusty bread topped with a sun-dried tomato spread, basil, arugula, kalamata olives, and Gruyere cheese. Clearly there was no way these wouldn’t be absolutely delicious, right?
Pineapple Fruit Leather (but not really) // And then I pureed some of the pineapple and attempted to make fruit leather with it. I baked it at 175 degrees for several hours as I usually do with fruit leather, but for some reason, it went from wet to crispy, skipping the leathery stage entirely. It was actually really good crispy, though. Like a delicious pineapple flavored chip. So it all worked out in the end. (Oh, and this photo was before baking, in case you were wondering.)
Corn & Kale Chowder from Whole Foods // I added a little chipotle salt to this because it seemed to be missing something and after that, it was really tasty. I tend to avoid the prepared food section at Whole Foods (so expensive!), but I needed a quick lunch and this was perfect.
Caramelized Shallot & Gruyere Quiche With Rosemary Crust from Food For My Family // I cheated and used an olive oil pie crust for this and used 2% milk instead of cream, but this still turned out perfect. Well, okay, it’s a little bit overcooked, but that’s my fault for going back upstairs to work while this was in the oven–I couldn’t hear the timer when it went off. Still perfect! I’m picky about quiche because I’m not a big fan of eggs, but this one wasn’t too eggy.
Tandoor Chef Margherita Naan Pizza // Do you ever buy these? They are so good! They’re always on sale too, so we stock up when they are. I try to make something that I can have for lunch during the week, like a soup or salad, but this week I was a slacker and ended up eating frozen and prepared stuff.
Satsumas // Satsumas! Buy some! They are dirt cheap at Whole Foods right now. I like these more than clementines–I think they’re sweeter and they peel more easily. I love dipping them in chocolate too.
Curried Cabbage from New South Food Company // AKA the recipe that convinced my husband to eat cabbage. This makes a BIG pot of cabbage so we had leftovers for lunch the next day. This would be a great addition to a bowl of tofu and rice or quinoa!
Maple Miso Tofu from The Hot Plate // Okay, if you make this recipe (and you should make this recipe!), either double the tofu or make half the amount of sauce. I had way more sauce than I needed. But this was delicious. Baking is definitely my favorite way to prepare tofu–the sauce gets concentrated, the tofu gets chewier. Wonderful things happen when you bake tofu. Edited to add: The Hot Plate took down this recipe, so the link above no longer works. If you want the recipe, you can email me and I’ll send it you. Thanks to Deb K. for finding it!
Dark Chocolate Banana Breakfast Muffins // I’ve been having muffins for breakfast a lot lately and I decided to make one of my own recipes this week. I love this recipe because the muffins taste pretty rich, but they’re made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and oats. As usual, I made them, froze them, and microwaved them every morning. It’s like having a freshly baked muffin for breakfast!